Posts Tagged ‘Linux mining

There are a number of Linux-based mining distributions available out there, but most of them do have some limitation or a drawback or maybe are not very user friendly for non-advanced users. Hive OS is a relatively new Linux based mining platform that is trying to change that and offer a single package for all your GPU and even Bitmain ASIC miners for easy deployment, monitoring and control. The installation of the OS on any AMD or Nvidia GPU mining rig is quick and easy and then you take control from the cloud via a convenient web-based user interface, so no need to remotely login to each system and manage it or monitor it this way. The Hive OS comes with most popular miners for AMD and Nvidia GPUs for many algorithms and they are maintained, though you can add miners yourself as well without the need to compile them yourself from source. The mining platform is ideal for people with more than just a few mining rigs or ASIC miners as it allows you to easily monitor their operation and control them if needed including overclocking or underclocking to optimize them for efficiency or performance.

Hive OS is free to try and use for small miners with up to 3 mining rigs with some limitations, when you go above 3 mining rigs there is a fee of 3$ per mining rig per month that you need to pay in order to continue using the software. The good thing is that you can register and try it for free and if it works for your needs and covers your requirements you can then start deploying it on a large mining farm for example. Do note that there are different clients available for Linux GPU mining rigs, ASIC miners and now there is also even a beta version available for Windows, so you may want to try that as well. The Hive OS ASIC client currently supports Antminer S9, S9i, L3+, L3++, D3, A3, T9+ and Z9-Mini and it needs to be installed via SSH to every single device you want to use with Hive OS. The Linux distribution of Hive OS can be used with a USB flash drive, no need to install it on a hard drive or and SSD. It is a full featured operating system intended for mining, unlike the Hive OS clients for ASICs or for Windows that do need the host operating system already installed and work on top of it.

For more information and to try out the Hive OS Linux GPU mining platform yourself…

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This is an interesting project under development – a Linux-based operating system intended for miners of Ethereum or Ethereum (ETC) plus SiaCoin (SC) dual mining that comes with a centralized web-based monitoring and control dashboard. The SimpleMining Easy OS uses the Claymore Dual Miner, though it does not yet support all of the video cards that are supported by the miner. You can use it only on AMD Radeon R300/R200/HD7xxx series of GPUs with support for Radeon RX400 expected to be available soon and maybe even Nvidia support to be added at a later time. What is interesting is that you don’t need to use remote control software to monitor and change the operating parameters of your Mining Rigs, you can do it through a dashboard on the official website of the project directly.

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The latest update of the SimpleMining Easy OS did bring even overclocking support through the dashboard, though that may not be wise if you don’t know what your GPUs can handle… it is best to find the optimal settings with direct access to the mining rig as it may hang with the wrong frequencies. For the moment SimpleMining Easy OS does need at least an 8GB drive (could be used from a USB stick) and you only need to set your email in the configuration that you are going to be using to login on the website for monitoring and control of the mining rig. There are some security concerns regarding the access from web and the login with only email address though, so you might want to be careful what email address you use.

For more information about the SimpleMining Easy OS project visit the official website…

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PiMP or Portable Instant Mining Platform is a dedicated Linux-based mining distribution intended for GPU and ASIC mining without the need to rely on Windows. PiMP is designed to be easy to deploy and use, it can be installed on a USB flash drive, so you do not necessarily have to use a hard drive on your GPU mining rig, though you can install it on SSD or HDD as well. The latest version of PiPM is designed for AMD GPUs only as well as Scrypt ASIC miners such as Gridseed and ZeusMiner, and you can also use other popular SHA-256 ASIC miners. In terms of GPU support you can mine not only Scrypt (Already pointless for GPU mining), but also Scrypt-Jane, Scrypt-N, Quark, X11, X13, X15, Keccak, Skein, Groestl, Qubit, HEFTY1, JHA and NIST5. As you can see not all of the latest and GPU algorithms are yet supported, but the most commonly used and supported ones are available in the distribution.

And while the latest version of PiMP is still only available for AMD-based GPU mining rigs, there is already work being done for the addition of a version of the Linux mining distribution intended for miners using Nvidia-based GPUs (you can try the already available KopiemTu for Nvidia). There is also work being done on an ASIC only version designed for PCs as well as for Raspberry Pi controllers to be used as mining controllers for ASIC miners. So we are looking forward to seeing these versions as well and meanwhile you can check out the AMD/ASIC version that is already available. Here we are more of a Windows miners, however we do like to try out new things as well and check out Linux-based mining distributions like PiMP as well as use RPi as a mining controllers as well and we like what we are seeing so far with PiMP.

For more information and to try out the PiMP Linux mining distribution yourself…


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